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What does Ciaran mean?

Ciaran /cia-ran/ as a boys' name (also used less widely as girls' name Ciaran) is pronounced KEE-a-rawn. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Ciaran is "black".

Ciarán is derived from "ciar". Often anglicized as Kieran. Name of two Irish saints, a hermit of the fifth century and the founder of the monastery.

Associated with: irish, black (dark), saints


Ciaran has 1 variant: Kieran.

Ciaran has 5 more related forms via Kieran: Keiran, Kieren, Kiernan, Kieron and Kiran.

Ciaran has 3 feminine forms: Ciara, Kerrin and Kerry.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Ciaian, Cialan, ..

(female) Ciaranna, Ciaranne, ..

How popular is Ciaran?

Ciaran is an unusual first name for men. Ciaran is also an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the baby name statistics of Ciaran for boys. Ciaran was first listed in 1998 and reached its apex rank of #1777 in the U.S. in the year 2013, and is at #1783 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ciaran name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ciaran outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Ciaran and affiliated names. Kieran (#576 a year ago), Kiernan, Kieron and Kiran (#1609) are the prominent variation forms of Ciaran (#1783 a year ago) ranked in the Top 2000. These relations of Ciaran were favored less than a decade ago (median #1569) and are almost as popular today (#1593, 12%). Kieran is the most chic name for newborns in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ciaran, Kieran, Kiernan, Kiran in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ciaran, Kieran, Kieron outside U.S.

Similar Names


Ciaran is alike in pronunciation to Cyran. Other suggested similar names are Aaran, Cadan, Cahan, Cairn, Calan, Carman, Carne, Carny, Caron, Carsan, Carwyn, Cavan, Chanan, Chayan, Cian, Claran, Claron, Coren, Corin, Corrin, Corwan, Crain, Cram, Crane, Crayn, Curran, Cyrano, Daran, Garan, Jaran, Taran, Tiarnan and Zimran. Like Ciaran, these names are not commonly used.